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All about Retinoid

Wake up fresh faced with our retinoid-rich, award-winning Intense Night Oil and Intense Eye Oil.

I thought I’d take the opportunity to talk about retinoid again, as it’s one of the hero ingredients in our award-winning Intense Night Oil and Intense Eye Oil. Let’s start with…

What exactly is retinoid?

Retinoid is a derivative form of vitamin A. It’s a hugely garlanded ingredient in skincare because multiple studies have shown it  can stimulate collagen production, restore smoothness and fullness, improve skin density and minimise wrinkles. It’s brilliant for all of the issues mature skin faces. Used as part of a restorative skincare routine, it can help deliver fresh, glowing. dewy skin.

What’s the difference between retinol and retinoid?

Retinol is the group name for vitamin A. Retinoid is a derivative of vitamin A, where the molecule has been trimmed down to the most potent form.  Hydroxypinacolone retinoate  – which is what we use in our Intense Night Oil – is a gentle, yet highly-effective, form of retinoid. It is also an oil-soluble form of retinoid which is why we use it at Votary.

How does retinoid work?

It’s a multi-tasker. It speeds up the turnover of surface skin cells so that skin is more even-toned, fresher and smoother. It exfoliates dead skin to avoid pores getting clogged and to stop skin becoming blemished or congested. It stimulates collagen production to minimise fine lines. It increases blood flow to the skin for a more glowing complexion. Retinols and retinoids trigger the skin into behaving more like younger skin.

Is it a plant-based ingredient?

No. Retinols and retinoids cannot be derived from plants. At Votary we use active, man-made ingredients when they are what’s needed to compound the power of natural pure plant oils to deliver performance results. There’s been lots of beauty buzz  recently about ‘plant retinols’ but all forms of actual retinols and retinoids are made in a laboratory. At Votary we don’t believe it’s currently possible to get the same impact and result from a plant derived ingredient.

Why do some people find retinoid an irritant for their skin?

Like any potent ingredient, retinoid can be tricky for some people. It can make skin feel irritated, dry or red, but that’s usually because it’s been used in too strong a format, has been used daily too quickly, or has been used without also using sunscreen. If this happens to you, I suggest using our Super Seed Facial Oil to calm everything down and soothe it back to health.

When you first start using a retinoid product you should use it two or three times a week and work up to daily usage when you are confident your skin is comfortable with it. Retinoid also makes the skin more sensitive to UVA, so it can feel parched or become red when exposed to sunlight. I have always recommended daily SPF as it’s crucial for maintaining overall skin health, and it’s even more important when you start using a retinoid-based product.

If you introduce retinoid into your skincare routine in this way  – gradually and in tandem with a high SPF – your skin should have all of the benefits and none of the irritation.  I also suggest only using it on your face at night, to limit the possibility of irritation or sensitivity to sunlight. It’s also why I selected a particularly gentle retinoid type – hydroxypinacolone retinoate – for our Intense Night Oil to minimise the risk of irritation. It’s cleverly designed to work while you sleep so you wake to smooth, fresh, plumper-looking skin.

Why is retinoid good for my skin?

Retinoid can reverse some of the signs of skin-ageing. It’s that simple. Wrinkles and fine lines are diminished, tone is evened-out, hyper-pigmentation is reduced, and skin looks fuller, brighter and smoother. It’s a powerhouse for ageing skin. With our Intense Night Oil, you wake to your best possible skin.

Should I ever avoid using retinoid?

Some studies suggest that it is best to avoid using retinoid based-products when pregnant. Additionally, if your skin has flared-up, or if you have rosacea, eczema or psoriasis, it’s best to consult with your dermatologist before using any product which contains retinol. If you are using roaccutane, it is also best avoided.

Nature + Science

Rosehip oil, avocado oil, tomato seed oil, acmella flower extract and sandalwood extract are just some of the gorgeous, natural, plant-based ingredients which work with the proven-effective man-made retinoid in our Intense Night Oil to nurture, nourish and restore your skin.

If you haven’t tried it yet, and if your skin is in need of a wake-up call post Winter or you simply want to re-wind the dial a little, it’s the dream.

Love, Arabella x

Read more about retinol here and here.

Read more about our Intense Night Oil here and here.

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